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Terra Nova Laser Tent - Setup Directions
Thanks for the comments, Franco. Compared to the Akto, I find the Laser to be much more cumbersome to erect and to pack. It does take a bit of adjusting to get a taut pitch. I agree with you abo...

In GEAR » Terra Nova Laser Tent - Setup Directions
September 04, 6:30pm

Terra Nova Laser Tent - Setup Directions
I have a Laser and need tips on packing and erecting. The tent arrived from Terra Nova with no setup directions and with dialup internet, I cannot download the video on their website. TN advised ...

In GEAR » Terra Nova Laser Tent - Setup Directions
September 04, 2:54pm

Odor Prevention
I've long used a sprinkling of baking soda rubbed into synthetic, e.g., Patagonia capiline, North Face nylon blend pants, etc., to eliminate the odor. I have not tried it on my Railriders Ecom...

In GEAR » Odor Prevention
August 26, 10:58am

Do the Patagonia Simple Guides have a fly
Although the pants do have a fly, they have other features I have found disappointing. For one, the fly seems a bit too short to me, the drawcord waist tends to slip off my waist when wearing a pa...

In GEAR » Do the Patagonia Simple Guides have a fly
August 17, 12:27pm

Lightweight Rainwear 2008 Review
Thanks Will, for an excellent article. It is reviews such as this that really justifies the subscription price!

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Rainwear 2008: Current Favorites, New Introductions, and New Technologies (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
August 13, 12:40pm

Kahtoola Microspikes-Purchasing near Denver
I purchased mine last fall direct from Kahtoola. They arrived quickly from Flagstaff.

In GEAR » Kahtoola Microspikes - Purchasing near Denver?
July 23, 2:59pm

Trail shoes for wider feet
I have the same wide foot problem and have wasted more $ trying to find a suitable brand. I used to wear Montrail products, but my later Hardrocks seem much narrower than they used to be, so I now...

In GEAR » Trail shoes for wider feet
June 25, 1:21pm

"TNF Sucks"
A few years ago I purchased a North Face tent that I discovered was 14" shorter in length than the specs. Because of this disparity, my feet touched the inner wall of the tent causing my slee...

In GEAR » The North Face sucks
June 25, 12:59pm

"Looking for a pair of shorts"
I really like the Rail Riders Sawtooth Mountain shorts. Light, durable and even has back pockets and belt loops! Limited colors, green is the darkest.

In GEAR » Looking for a pair of Shorts...
June 04, 12:57pm

SPOT Satellite Personal Tracker Review
BPL, thanks for the excellent review. This kind of reporting is what really makes my membership worth the cost. I'd considered purchasing one of these units as I usually travel solo, but than...

In Editor's Roundtable » SPOT Satellite Personal Tracker - Full Review
May 28, 11:35am

All Reader Reviews by James Loy

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Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Pad
Like it or not, I usually end up spending a good bit of the night sleeping on my back, which means my shoulders & elbows are on the ground. The height from my torso to where my arms touch the gro...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
October 08, 11:44am

Patagonia DAS Parka
Whoa, did I miss something? Are we only supposed to offer reviews of lightweight gear? Although not a lightweight piece of gear, I have to give the above rating to a product that works as advertised...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
April 02, 12:44pm

Nunatak Arc Alpinist
I wholly agree with all the accolades above. I just received my second Arc Alpinist (wife gets the prior one). I ordered the latest in Epic, 3 oz down overfill, and a length averaged between a regul...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
February 24, 4:56pm

Icebreaker Oasis Bodyfit 200 Tee
After purchasing one of these shirts in late 2006, I have found this shirt to be my "cast iron skillet" for spring, fall and winter trips in the mountains. I have even used it as a warm bas...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
February 06, 1:09pm

Icebreaker Tech T Lite Superfine 140
I tried one of the superfine 140 Tees on a backpack in Canada's Kootenai Natl Park last August. The weather was everything from cold, wet and windy to humid and warm. I wore the shirt constantl...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
February 06, 12:54pm

RailRiders Adventure Shirt
I used the Ecomesh shirt on a desert backpack in SE Utah in May of 2007, and found it absolutely superb for sun protection and comfort. I perspired heavily, but the shirt always dried during a short ...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
February 06, 12:45pm

Icebreaker Balaclava Lite
I love Icebreaker products however I found the fit on this item disappointing. One size does not fit all! I spent an entire afternoon constantly pulling the fabric back up over my nose as the fit wa...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
February 06, 12:36pm

Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero
A great hat with only one exception: because the brim secures to the crown with velcro rather than a snap, expect the wind to blow the brim up and secure it to the velcro on the crown without you bei...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
February 06, 12:31pm

PossumDown Beanie (BPL Gear Shop) Beanie
Because of all the hype about this product being so warm, I decided to order one in spite of the price. The beanie is well-made and a good fit, however I was extremely disappointed after wearing it i...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
February 06, 12:23pm

Big Agnes
I returned a Seedhouse SL-1 tent that experienced a torn center pole loop about the 3rd or 4th time I set it up. I returned it to Big Agnes and they quickly replaced it with a new tent. When erectin...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
August 05, 2:36pm